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Scotts Miracle-Gro Fined, Penalized for FIFRA violations.

September 18, 2012

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company was sentenced in federal district court in Columbus, OH to pay $4 million fine and perform community service for 11 criminal violations of Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). In separate civil agreement with U.S. EPA, Scotts agreed to pay more than $6 million in penalties and spend $2 million on environmental projects intended to resolve additional civil pesticide violations. Read More

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USA, Canada Sign amended Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

September 18, 2012

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Canada’s Minister of the Environment Peter Kent signed amended Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in Washington, D.C. Revised agreement will facilitate action on threats to Great Lakes water quality and includes strengthened measures to anticipate as well as prevent ecological harm. New provisions address aquatic invasive species, habitat degradation, and effects of climate change as well as threats to people’s health in Great Lakes Basin. Read More

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NTSB Issues 2 Urgent Safety Recommendations to FAA.

September 18, 2012

NTSB recommended FAA issue airworthiness directive to require, before further flight, immediate ultrasonic inspection of fan midshaft in all GEnx-1B and -2B engines that have not undergone inspection. NTSB recommended FAA require repetitive inspections of fan midshaft at sufficiently short interval that would permit multiple inspections and detection of crack before it could reach critical length and fan midshaft fractures. Read More

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NEMA Standard addresses verification testing of lamps.

September 17, 2012

NEMA has published NEMA LSD 63 Measurement Methods and Performance Variation for Verification Testing of General Purpose Lamps and Systems. Standard establishes variations that can be expected when independent verification testing, generally based on small samples of lamps or ballasts, is performed to estimate product performance characteristics and for comparison to manufacturer’s ratings. Read More

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Benjamin Petersen receives Russell S. Springer Award.

September 17, 2012

Benjamin Petersen, postdoctoral appointee at Sandia National Laboratories, was honored with Russell S. Springer Award during SAE 2012 World Congress. Award recognizes author of outstanding technical paper presented at an SAE International meeting or any of its sections and is published in SAE International literature in the year for which the recipient is selected. Petersen is the author or co-author of 17 papers, including 12 SAE International technical papers and 4 journal articles. Read More

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BIO Summit to address algae's role in replacing fossil fuels.

September 14, 2012

Scheduled for Oct 9-12, BIO 2012 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will feature 2 breakout sessions focusing on commercial applications for algae and advances in algal biomass production and processing. Algae-produced oils hold potential for replacing fossil fuel resources in many products. Algae derived starches, oils, and proteins can be used in food, animal feed, or nutrition supplements, and fatty acids from algae can be used in diesel biofuels as well. Read More

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IPC offers summary of final SEC Conflict Minerals Regulation.

September 14, 2012

To help electronics manufacturers and suppliers make sense of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s 356-page final conflict minerals regulation, IPC has developed "Summary of the Final SEC Rules on Conflict Minerals." Seven-page document provides simplified explanation of the compliance process, as well as information on "phase-in" period implementation, audit standards and objectives, definitions of terms, conflict minerals report content, and disclosure requirements. Read More

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Ray LaHood announces $9.6 million grant for Orlando Airport.

September 14, 2012

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $9.6 million grant to rehabilitate runway and taxiway and to purchase aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle for Orlando International Airport. Runway 18R/36L rehabilitation project will extend useful life of pavement and provide for realignment and rehabilitation of Taxiway A, which is needed to meet FAA design standards. Aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle will replace current vehicle, which is too expensive to maintain. Read More

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Ray LaHood announces grant for Portland-Hillsboro Airport.

September 14, 2012

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $6.9 million federal grant for runway and taxiway improvements at Portland-Hillsboro Airport. This grant from FAA Airport Improvement Program will fund replacement of 20 year old pavement on Runway 2/20, and will also include moving a runway threshold to provide pilots with better views of intersecting runway. Taxiway C that runs parallel to runway will also be reconstructed and moved further from runway to enhance safety. Read More

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AMT and Deutsche Messe AG renew strategic partnership.

September 14, 2012

AMT announced extension of a strategic partnership with Deutsche Messe AG, which successfully delivered the first Industrial Automation North America event debuting at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Industrial Automation North America is Deutsche Messe’s first manufacturing event in the North American market and stems from a strategic alliance with AMT, the organizer of IMTS.
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BIO issues call for paper and panel submissions.

September 14, 2012

BIO invites leaders from biotechnology, chemical, and agricultural industries to submit proposals and abstracts for panels, individual papers, and posters for the 2013 World Congress on Industrial Biotechology and Bioprocessing, June 16-19, 2013. Proposed papers and panels should address any in a range of topics, including biotechnology for climate change, advanced biofuels, energy from algae, microbial fuel cells, biopolymers, and renewable and chemical platforms, to name a few.  Read More

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Online Training Course prepares international delegates for duty.

September 13, 2012

Free multimedia training course, U.S. Delegates to International Activities: Roles and Responsibilities, is available for those planning to serve as delegates at ISO or IEC technical committee, subcommittee, working group, and other international standardization meetings. Available on StandardsLearn.org, course outlines requirements for participants in international standardization meetings and offers advice on preparing for roles and responsibilities of meeting participants. Read More

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ANSI Encourages Comments on ISO global water issues workshop.

September 13, 2012

On July 25-26, ISO held international workshop, "Global water challenges - How can ISO standards help?", focused on global water issues in Kobe, Japan. ISO's Implementation Task Force on Water, charged with integrating priorities set at workshop with ISO Council recommendations, will hold webinar in late September to further develop ideas discussed during workshop. ANSI encourages comments on ISO's water initiative to be sent by September 21, 2012. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Orders slow in July, positive for year.

September 13, 2012

Based on reports by companies participating in USMTO program, U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $449.69 million in July 2012. This number is down 2.3% from June and 10.5% compared with July 2011. With year-to-date total of $3,132.23 million, 2012 is up 5.4% compared with 2011. AMT President Douglas K. Woods pointed out typical order slow down cycle for July/August and expected order activity to "come back strong" in months following IMTS, which has 90,000+ registrants. Read More

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PMMI Announced New Board Members at annual meeting.

September 13, 2012

PMMI membership elected 7 members to PMMI Board of Directors, and Board of Directors chose its Executive Committee for 2013. PMMI Chairman Nick Wilson introduced slate of candidates for Board of Directors to membership and said "Every one of these individuals will bring perspective and insight to PMMI’s guiding body." While Board Members will serve January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2016, Executive Committee members will serve one year terms from January 1 to December 31, 2013. Read More

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Venice Municipal Airport receives $7.1 million grant.

September 13, 2012

Venice Municipal Airport in Venice, FL will receive $7.1 million dollar grant intended for runway repairs, runway safety area upgrades, and taxiway construction. Specifically, this grant will let airport reconstruct Runway 4/22 and allow for improvement of runway safety area to meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards. Taxiway project will provide recommended separation between runway and taxiway. Read More

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FAA Announces Grant to improve safety at Kotzebue, AK airport.

September 13, 2012

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant totaling $15.5 million will enable Ralph Wien Memorial Airport in Kotzebue, Alaska to expand runway safety areas (RSAs). Specifically, project will entail improving RSAs at both ends of Runway 9/27, which is longer of said airport's 2 runways. Efforts involved include shifting 5,900 ft runway 200 ft to east, moving lagoon channel, removing portion of hill, and creating new sea wall to protect west end of runway. Read More

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Article Shows Military Methods can improve business planning.

September 12, 2012

Fall 2012 issue of Welding and Gases Today features GAWDA Convention speaker James D. Murphy sharing business leadership strategies. Specifically, Murphy explains how businesses can benefit from using a Red Team. Red Team is described as necessary means to overcoming overconfidence bias and groupthink theory. Comprised of outside individuals not involved in planning process, Red Team can look at plan critically and objectively to expose flaws/weaknesses in tactical planning process. Read More

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October ANSI Caucus will feature Robert Adler of U.S. CPSC.

September 12, 2012

ANSI Caucus Luncheon, to be held October 4, will feature Robert Adler, commissioner at U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Adler was appointed to CPSC by President Barack Obama in August 2009. Prior, he served as professor of legal studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Adler taught courses in business law and business-government relations, among other topics, and also conducted academic research on product safety, product liability, and commercial law. Read More

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Motors Shipments Climb in second quarter of 2012.

September 12, 2012

According to NEMA's Motors Shipments Index, demand for motors increased for third straight quarter during 2Q 2012 with increase of 5.3% from previous quarter. Since bottoming out in 2Q 2009, during depths of the Great Recession, index has climbed cumulative 53% and topped its pre-recession high for 5 straight quarters. While strong growth was also shown in fractional and integral horsepower motor segments, manufacturing sector only benefited from weak annualized gain of 1.4%. Read More